18 April 2009

MS patients can look forward to stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy may be the treatment of the future for severe multiple sclerosis patients. Swedish researchers reported last February that bone marrow stem cell transplantation was successful for treating severe multiple sclerosis (1).

The researchers found improvement in symptoms after testing the therapy for five years on nine patients with severe MS, ages between 9 and 34 (1). The therapy has been studied for a total of 15 years (1).

Reference List

1. Fagius J, Lundgren J, Oberg G. Early highly aggressive MS successfully treated by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Mult Scler 2009;15:229-37.

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